Ambition and Love by Melis Bilen
Lyrics: Melis Bilen Music: Sebastian LaMar Jones
Lecture on Why We Love Natural Beauty by Dr. David Lee. Dr. David Lee, will be speaking to the community
regarding the subject of how science and the arts interact. Dr. Lee was a professor at FIU for over thirty years teaching Biology and is now a
Professor Emeritus with the university. Dr. Lee will be discussing how our value of nature is at the heart of the environmental crisis, which may
worsen as we grow more and more alienated from nature in our daily life. The lecture will also address how the arts (literature, music and visual)
may be our most effective tools in fostering an emotional relationship to nature.
FAIRCHILD’S GARDENMUSIC FESTIVAL
BRINGS CHAMBER MUSIC TO LIFE
Coral Gables, FL December 12, 2013 Set amongst the natural beauty of Fairchild
Tropical Botanic Garden, the chamber music ensemble Sixth Floor Trio takes up
residence from January 6 – 19, 2014 for the second GardenMusic Festival with a full
slate of diverse programs, designed and created to explode the boundaries between time
and musical styles.
The Sixth Floor Trio – Teddy Abrams, Harrison Hollingsworth, and Johnny Teyssier
– and the 2014 GardenMusic guest artists will perform boundary-blasting programs that
range from jazz and classical to traditional folk, Broadway and Latin jazz. Four evening
performances, each creatively programmed around a unique theme, complemented by an
evening of Broadway and a Children’s concert, will round out this year’s Festival.
“Our aim is to pair one of Miami’s most beautiful settings with world-class musicmaking,
bringing together tremendously talented and engaging musicians from around
the world in a schedule of programs that cross the spectrum of time and musical styles,”
said Teddy Abrams of the Sixth Floor Trio. The GardenMusic Festival is a winner of a
2012 Knight Arts Challenge award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
* Thursday, Jan. 9, 7pm Opening Night Concert As an introduction to the Sixth Floor
Trio and the 2014 GardenMusic artists, this program will traverse the musical landscape
with a wide range of music, from a world premiere and original compositions to
traditional folk music and classical favorites like Schubert’s Death and the Maiden and
Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1.
* Saturday, Jan. 11, 7pm Stories Told Through Music This program will demonstrate
music’s relationship with storytelling in two parts: first, the music of Schubert,
Stravinsky, Strauss, and John Adams present different styles of musical narrative.
Second, a set of Bluegrass and folk music led by renowned fiddler Jeremy Kittel will be a
beautifully-curated journey of virtuosity and artistry.
* Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7pm: The Edge: Music That Pushed the Boundaries of its Time
Many of the great classical works now considered standards caused riots and scandals in
their time; this concert will present brilliant music that inspired audiences to listen in new
ways. From ancient African drumming to the cutting-edge works of Bach & Beethoven,
the program will also feature a collaboration with the Miami Beach-raised award winning
visual artist Michele Oka-Doner and a world premiere by GardenMusic resident
composer Sebastian Chang.
* Saturday, Jan. 18, 10:30am Music Up Close: A Children’s Concert An intimate,
fun-filled hour of musical education, engagement and enjoyment for children of all ages!
This presentation is free for Fairchild members and is included with regular garden
admission for non-members.
* Friday, Jan. 17, 7pm Broadway in the Garden with Broadway star Morgan James
Broadway star and singer Morgan James (Motown the Musical, Godspell) transports you
through New York's great musical eras with her extraordinary vocal prowess – merging
soul, jazz, R&B, and Broadway tunes in a fresh and exciting way. Ms. James joins the
GardenMusic resident musicians for this special benefit concert in the Glasshouse Café.
Tickets are $150.
* Sunday, Jan. 19, 7pm A Jazzy Night This program celebrates the intersection of the
worlds of Jazz and Classical music. Bartók and Ravel are paired with Jazz standards,
contemporary Jazz, and Latin Jazz for a high-energy and inspiring concert that
demonstrates the full creative power of the 2014 GardenMusic artists.
Pre-Concert Conversation with Artists Audience members can enjoy the performances
either in the Concert Tent or on the lawn, and are invited before the 7pm performances to
pre-concert programs at 6pm.
In addition to the main performances in the Concert Tent, GardenMusic will fill the
Fairchild garden space with music-making throughout the festival. Visitors to Fairchild in
January will experience short concerts throughout each day of GardenMusic, Random
Acts of Culture, open rehearsals, and daily educational activities with the GardenMusic
artists for every student that visits the Garden.
For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.
GardenMusic was created in 2012 by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Board of
Trustees Vice President Jennifer Buttrick to bring music to the Garden for the community
to enjoy amongst the backdrop of Fairchild on a Florida winter’s night. The inaugural
event brimmed over with all types of musical celebrations. Four full concerts in addition
to many short-form concerts and open rehearsals were performed, along with children’s
concert with a unique instrument petting zoo. Two original works commissioned
specifically for the festival debuted. Actors from the City Theatre and choreographers
from Miami Contemporary Dance Company joined the musicians for a staged production
of Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale.” University of Miami music students were treated to a
master class, and a surprise concert by the Sixth Floor Trio as part of Random Acts of
Culture for a party in Matheson Hammock Park rounded out the program.
For more information, please visit www.gardenmusicfestival.com and
The song Let’s Do It Now; lyrics and composition by Melis Bilen. Beat by Johnny Jam.
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens will host a lively discussion over which matters more: preservation or beauty? Join us as members of the Vizcaya staff and Florida International University’s Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment have a discourse on what beauty is, and how the museum walks the line between preserving and highlighting the beauty of it’s collections.
Based on the myths of Ovid.
Written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman.
Directed by Henry Fonte.
Presented in partnership with UM Department of Theatre Arts.
"A glimpse of the divine!" - Time magazine
"A rare work of theatrical genius that deserves wide exposure to a new generation!" - The Chicago Tribune
Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for "Best Direction of a Play" and the Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Play," Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses makes its much-anticipated regional premiere as part of the Arsht Center's 2013-2014 Theater Up Close Season.
Fifteen years ago Metamorphoses debuted, a play of such grace and beauty that the memory of it still lingers in the minds of audiences today. In the simple beauty of a four-foot rippling pool of water, American playwright and original director Mary Zimmerman conjures Ovid's classic myths – Eros and Psyche, Midas, Orpheus and Eurydice, Narcissus and more – into 11 vignettes boasting gorgeous imagery, provocative moments and breathtaking storytelling.
As part of the multi-faceted collaboration between the University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts and the Arsht Center, this production will serve as a professional learning experience that offers the theater majors at the university an opportunity to work with seasoned professionals in creating a professional production. Miami's hottest regional theater actors join UM's talented student actors to create more than 50 characters, bringing the Greek myths to life. Students majoring in technical theater and design will work side-by-side with the Arsht Center/UM production and creative team to create a professional set, costumes and lighting design and will assist the production manager, stage manager and other key production staff members.
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The song Love is Gone; lyrics, composition and arrangement by Melis Bilen.
The song Dark In The Eyes; lyrics and composition by Melis Bilen.
Melis Bilen is singing Askin Kucagina Fena Oturduk in the special episode of New Year’s Night programme in Cyprus Tv.
Turkish lyrics by Melis Bilen and music byAlicia Keys.
Turkish lyrics by Melis Bilen and music by Rodney Jerkins.
My Lips Are Sealed
Time: Present time, Q&A segment of the final workshop
Place: Any space equiped to hold a Vagina Convention
Advisor: Gail Garrisan
Stage Manager: Sahid Arnaud Pabon
They say to write what you are passionate about and in this time of my life… its vagi-nas. Not the vagina itself (though it is beauti-ful) I’m more interested in what she stands for, her voice or shall we say her lack of one. I am proud to be a woman in this day in age, now if only society would let me be the God-dess I really am! We are all born with happy little clams and unfortunately as we grow up that clam sometimes can decide to close up on us for various reasons. Why does that happen? What in our past silences our voice!? How can we move forward and allow her to speak again? China doesn’t know all the answers but what she might know is a key for further understanding. China has a gift, she is a vagina whisper and you’d be shocked if you could hear what she hears (or can’t hear)! And like many she wants the same, to find your inner beauty (literally) and to be HEARD!
I would first like to thank all the miraculous and inspirational women in my life: My mother Michelle, Terry Nicolini, Gail Garrisan, Patrice Bailey, Natalia Hunt, Estela Vrancovich, Felicia Kurtz, Barb, Pam, Ashley, Alyssa, and Gerardo! To the ever so handsome Sahid for stepping in so open armed, you’re the sweetest! To Mark for being a lifesaver and for making me “google dat shit”! Thank you to my family for their never ending support and loving me for who I am. Especially to my father who accepts the fact I need to talk about vaginas in public! To my Honeybadgers of 2013- I can’t be-lieve this is OUR year! I love you guys truly and deeply! Finally to China, I hope after this you can see how beautiful you truly are! Inside and out! Go get’em Kitty!
P.s- No need to point my feet Mom!
This show is for Kalea and for EVERY woman who has ever felt less than they are!
Audience participation is encouraged!
*This show contains Adult Language/Content
Turkish lyrics by Melis Bilen and music by Lara Fabian and Igor Krutoy.
MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013 was the OFFICIAL BEAUTY DAY Cinema Paradiso with our fundraiser "HELLO GORGEOUS" . Raffel winners won make overs from a team of make up artists and hair stylists from Encore Salon. Health and beauty tips were given and there was even a botox demonstration!
The song Olacak Olur Hayatta; lyrics and composition by Melis Bilen.
The songThat’s the Story; lyrics and composition by Melis Bilen.